Grass Fire Starts in Transient Camp

MEDFORD, Ore. — A fire at a homeless camp spread to a nearby field Friday morning and sent up a black plume of smoke that could be seen for miles. The fire was in a field between Bullock Road and the Rogue Regency Inn in Medford. Crews from Medford Fire and the Oregon Department of … Continue reading »

Kids Playing With Matches Start Fire

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Fire crews knocked down a small grass fire near Howard Elementary on Saturday afternoon. Officials say children playing with matches started the fire, which burned about a quarter of an acre. They say it could have threatened structures if it had continued to grow. Authorities say incidents such as these serve … Continue reading »

Warehouse a Total Loss After Fire

MEDFORD, Ore. – An early-morning fire ripped through a warehouse in Medford Wednesday, destroying the entire building. The fire broke out shortly before 2 a.m. at the building at 220 North Fir Street. Fire crews responded to the scene but were unable to save the building. No neighboring buildings suffered significant damage. The building was … Continue reading »

Students Present Fire Station Designs

MEDFORD, Ore.– Students from the University of Oregon are giving Medford fire departments some new ideas for the design of their fire stations. Every year architect students are paired up with an Oregon city as part of the Sustainable City Year Program. They are then given real world projects to work on. The program’s director, … Continue reading »

Fire Investigation Begins at Restaurant

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford-Fire investigators began searching for clues to find out how a fire started at Marie Callender’s restaurant. But before they could begin, investigators had to wait for crews to knock down some of the leaning walls and remove debris for safety reasons. As they look through the debris, pictures taken by a witness … Continue reading »

Pipe Bursts at Retirement Community

MEDFORD, Ore. — Fire fighters headed to a Medford retirement community Monday evening after the main water pipe at the Veranda Park Retirement Community burst, flooding the first floor. Officials said a significant amount of water came out before crews could shut it off. The burst happened in the ceiling of the living room and … Continue reading »

Medford Fire Adapts to the Cold

MEDFORD, Ore. – Fire departments are fighting the cold in order to prevent response time from suffering. Medford Fire Battalion Chief Brian Fish says they’re having trouble quickly responding to many of the accidents and medical calls in the area. The department placed chains on a number of their engines and assigned two extra brush … Continue reading »

2nd Alarm Fire Started by Wood Stove

MEDFORD, Ore. — Flames from a Medford home greeted Rob Neff as he came home with his son’s from practice Wednesday evening. “I turned on to Valley View, I noticed the flames were really big, called 911, said there was a fire at Valley View and Mathews Place,” said Neff. It was his neighbors home … Continue reading »

Kids Learn Fire Prevention at Demo

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Fire kicked off fire prevention week with an open house event at fire station four near Table Rock Road. The event  featured a number of kid-friendly activities like an obstacle course, a fire extinguisher demo and a live fire demo. Samantha Metheny, a fire inspector with the department, says roughly a … Continue reading »

Two Men Recognized for Saving Life

MEDFORD, Ore. — Two Southern Oregon residents who saw a man collapse and ended up saving his life were awarded certificates. Medford Fire-Rescue recognized John Bowling and Tyler Sparks. About a month ago, the two men saw Greg Johnson collapse on South Stage Road. The two performed CPR on Johnson and gave him proper medical attention … Continue reading »

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